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Rhodes Scholars stand up for positive change in the world – these Scholar stories tell of the many different paths taken to achieve transformative impact.

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    Professor Kenneth Mwenda (Zambia & Exeter 1992)

    Presidential Insignia of Meritorious Achievement

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    Vicky Miyandazi (Kenya & University 2013),

    High Court of Kenya

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    Marc Tessier-Lavigne (Quebec & New College 1980)

    Gruber Neuroscience Prize

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    Jane Harding (New Zealand & Brasenose 1978)

    Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

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    Alexandra Gillespie (New Zealand & Corpus Christ 1997)

    Vice President and principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga

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    Aly Kassam-Remtulla (Prairies & Balliol 1999)

    Associate Provost of International Affairs at Princeton

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    Elleke Boehmer (South Africa-at-Large & St John's 1985)

    Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

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    Sara C. (Galvan) Bronin (Texas & Magdalen 2001)

    Sara C. (Galvan) Bronin awarded the Pro Bene Meritis Young Alumna Award.

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    Dr Bwalya Ng’andu (Zambia & University 1977)

    Appointed Zambia’s new Finance Minister.

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    Maura Smith (New York & Lady Margaret Hall 1977)

    Maura Smith Joins Family Law Offices of Edward Nusbaum

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    Ahmed Ahmed (Minnesota & Lady Margaret Hall 2017)

    Named a 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow

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    Mike Fitzpatrick AO (Western Australia & St John's 1975)

    Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia 2019

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    Alma Brodersen (Germany & St John's 2012)

    Won the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise 2019 for her Oxford DPhil project.

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    Adalsteinn Brown (Ontario & Lincoln 1993)

    Appointed Dean at University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health

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    Prabhat Jha (Prairies & Magdalen 1987)

    Admitted to the Royal Society of Canada

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    Katherine Larson (Minnesota & Lincoln 2000)

    Admitted to the Royal Society of Canada

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    Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall (California & Balliol 1981)

    Appointed as the Distinguished Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology

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    Dr Tarunabh Khaitan (India & Exeter 2004)

    Won 2018 Letten Prize

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    Sabeel Rahman (New York & Pembroke 2005)

    Appointed President of Demos

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    Dr Martin-Immanuel Bittner (Germany & Trinity 2014)

    Appointed member of the Young Academy of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

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    Ralph Smith (Alabama & Corpus Christi 1973)

    Promoted to Officer in the Order of St. John

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    Brad Smith (Tennessee & Jesus 2007)

    Aspire CEO joins Anthem Inc

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    Ronan Farrow (Maryland/DC & Magdalen 2012)

    Wins the Pulitzer Prize gold medal 2018

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    Nnenna Lynch (New York & St John's 1993)

    Wins NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

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    Elsina Wainwright (Queensland & Christ Church 1994)

    Appointed Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours 2018

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    Jory Fleming (South Carolina & Worcester 2017)

    Won Gold in the Rising Star category at the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2017. "As a geography student I love making maps, and after Obama's last state of the union address I became interested in gerrymandering..."

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    Dr Don Markwell (Queensland & Trinity 1981)

    Appointed Warden at St Paul's College at the University of Sydney.

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    Professor Keith Mostov (Illinois & New College 1976)

    Appointed Inaugural Fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology. "Having spent my professional life in academic biology, it has been my joy and privilege to participate in the ongoing revolution in biological science..."

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    Seth Bodnar (Pennsylvania & Hertford 2001)

    Appointed President of the University of Montana. "I'm excited and incredibly honoured to be named to this position..."

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    Herbert Behrendt (Germany & University 1980)

    Appointed First Counsellor and Head Of Cultural Affairs of the German Embassy at Pretoria.

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    Dr Mira Debs (Iowa & Magdalen 1999)

    Appointed Executive Director of Education Studies at Yale University

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    Dr Kate Smolina (Ontario & University 2008)

    Director of the BC Observatory for Population & Public Health, BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, Canada.

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    Rick French (British Columbia & Magdalen 1968)

    Awarded the Order of Canada

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    Dr Kate Cochrane-Brink (Ontario & St John’s 1991)

    Child & adolescent psychiatrist and hurdle & steeplechase athlete

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    Dr Shehnaaz Suliman (South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 1997)

    Shehnaaz helped enable access to HIV medications in the developing world

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    Dr Naomi Wolf (Connecticut & New College 1985)

    She gained international recognition as a leading spokesperson in the third wave feminist movement with her book The Beauty Myth (1990)

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    Professor Cranford Pratt (Québec & Balliol 1950)

    Considered to bridge the gap between Canada and Africa by encouraging young people to engage in African politics.

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    Dr Nancy Levenson (Arizona & Jesus 1989)

    Appointed as Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

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    Wes Moore (Maryland & DC & Wolfson 2001)

    Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU

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    Rachel Pfeifer (North Carolina & Linacre 2005)

    President, Collegiate Directions, a non-profit organisation committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students.

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    Steve Holtzman (Michigan & Corpus Christi 1976)

    Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer at Decibel Therapeutics.

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    Hugh Possingham (Australia-at-Large & St John's 1984)

    Hugh designed a conservation planning software that helped rezone the Great Barrier Reef and this has been recognised with the prestigious Sherman Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.

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    John McCall MacBain (Québec & Wadham 1980)

    Awarded the Order of Canada.

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    Mari Rabie (South Africa-at-Large & St Catherine's 2010)

    Mari Rabie qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016.

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    Jon Finer (Vermont & Balliol 1999)

    Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning to John Kerry

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    Professor Dana Brown (New Jersey & St Antony's 1994)

    Dana is the new Principal of Leicester Castle Business School at De Monfort University, Leicester.

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    Professor Jim Collins (New Hampshire & Balliol 1987)

    Jim lead a multi-institutional research team to create a paper-based way to diagnose a person with Zika.

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    Professor Carolyn Evans (Victoria & Exeter 1995)

    Dean of Melbourne Law School and expert on religious freedom and the relationship between law and religion.

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    Dr Lisa Gorton (Australia-at-Large & Merton 1994)

    Her first poetry collection Press Release won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry; her second, Hotel Hyperion was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal.

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    Dr Rohan Paul (India & St Catherine's 2008)

    MIT Technology Review listed him as one of the top innovators under 35 for his work on the SmartCane.

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    Sir Marston Gibson (Commonwealth Caribbean & Keble 1977)

    Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal of Barbados.

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    Christopher Murray (Minnesota & Merton 1984)

    A researcher in global health and public health at the University of Washington in Seattle and is the institute director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

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    Menaka Guruswamy (India & University 1998)

    Lawyer in New Delhi, and has previously been a Human Rights Consultant to the United Nations.

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    Nathaniel Ware (New South Wales & Magdalen 2011)

    Economist, entrepreneur, and international development specialist. Watch his TEDxOxford talk.

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    Maxine Williams (Commonwealth Caribbean & St Catherine's 1992)

    Global Head of Diversity at Facebook

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    Dr Michael Fullilove (New South Wales & Balliol 1997)

    Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy

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    Jeni Klugman (New South Wales & New College 1988)

    Senior Adviser at the World Bank and a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Programme.